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Terra Tree 1 by amaterasu111 Terra Tree 1 by amaterasu111
Tree asset for my FFIX Terra scene. You can see the concept here: [link]

I tested a few new things with this project on ZBrush and on my texturing process and I'm quite happy with what I learned and the final result! :)

The pink variation was made with vertex painting inside UDK. I just multiplied my tree texture with a pink parameter and vertex painted it to the original texture. Also the strings are a simple shader made with only one parameters and some constants. I have no other textures than the ones I'm showing there.

Software used: 3ds max, ZBrush, Photoshop, XNormal, nDo2, UDK

Critics and comments welcome!
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Artist
Looks awesome! Are you blogging this on polycount too or just dA for now?
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D I haven't made a Polycount thread for now. I will when I'll have more things to show.
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artist
:) sketchbook threads are pretty chilled out if you wanna use those too. Looking forward to it ^^. I'm not on there often either just using sketchbook every time i have something small to show.
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not sure because I'm going very slowly for this scene so it might take me a while before starting my own thread. I'm posting regularly in the "What are you working on?" thread though.
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Artist
hm, that is interesting, I guess I should use that thread more often. Maybe then I wouldn't feel like I'm not much of a poster haha :XD:
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not much of a poster either but I think it's still good to post in this thread once in a while. Just to show that you still exist on Polycount! :XD:
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Yeah, :x I need to post more. I just never really check it. D:
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AstroChompski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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AstroChompski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you´re welcome!
Did you start this model with the high in Zbrush or the low in Max?
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I started in 3ds max with a mid poly model that I used both for the high poly in ZBrush and the low poly.
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AstroChompski Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok, cool :D again, nice job :D
I should try a tree too sometime
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MystiqueX Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice job! The high-poly looks great. I personally don't like the red in the tree bark, but that's just a personal preference, it will most likely look wonderful in the scene.
Keep up the good work!
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D I'm not fond of the red/pink either but it's in the concept so I had to put it!
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543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to see how you made the planes into leaves with the transparency
also, why did you use 2 normal mapping programs, xnormal and nDo2?
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
For the leaves, it's just a plane with an alpha embedded in the alpha channel of my diffuse. Nothing particular. You can see a closeup here: [link]

I didn't use XNormal and nDo2 for the same thing. I used XNormal to bake my high poly model and my low poly model to get the Normal Map, AO and height map I need to make the diffuse. Once I had all of this, I used nDo2 to make another AO based on the normal map I got from XNormal. The AO you can get this way have more information and makes your diffuse map look MUCH better. I used both the XNormal and nDo2 AO to make my diffuse. For a comparison, my XNormal AO looked like that: [link] while my nDo2 AO looked like that: [link].
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Psybernaut Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet tips! I was just saying that I needed a copy of nDo2. Been using nDo for some stuff, but the newer version looks killer. Thanks for the comparison links too. :)
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
No problem! :) nDo2 is awesome! I tried the new dDo beta and it's quite awesome too but I don't think it can be used as a standalone. I need to play a little more with it!
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543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
interesting. Thanks for the explaination
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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PolyMune Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This should be categorized under fan art, but looks cool none the less. FF9 needs more loving :la:
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Considering that it's only an asset, I don't really consider it as fanart unlike the whole scene but I guess it is fanart so I'll change the category! There are a lot of tributes to FF9 when it comes to characters but not environments! :D
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PolyMune Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know right? It's sad! FF9 had some of the best environments in a final fantasy game (still really love FF6 and FF7's environments as well!).

You're on your way to a good start! keep it up, i'd love to see! Ha ha maybe i should make a 3D zidane to go int your environment :la:
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, I think FF9 have the best environments of the series along with FF10. FF6 and 7 are my two favorite FF games but I don't like their environments as much even if I do love the sci-fi atmosphere of these games!

Thank you very much! I'm not a character artist and I don't really like the design of FF9 characters so I'll pass! :XD:
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PolyMune Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very very much agree <3 It's amazing you're taking a stab at them, brings back some fond memories!!
I read your front page the other day..and was blown away to see that you are also French and female :la: So excited to meet another French girl actively pursuing the game industry :eager: The industry needs more females, all the females!

(I am French Canadian, however. Been always interested in visiting France, how is it??).

Hhaha well! You're definitely improving on your environment work. I'm so wish washy, I keep darting between characters and environments I really like both. So I just classify myself as a 3D artist.
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Digital Artist
(Donc on peut parler en Français? :XD:) J'avais remarqué que tu étais canadienne française mais je n'ai pas du tout le réflexe d'écrire en Français sur internet. Je crois qu'à l'écrit je suis plus à l'aise avec l'Anglais.

Après avoir fini mon décors d'église, je voulais faire un fanart d'un décors (en extérieur) de jeu vidéo qui m'avais marqué et j'ai choisi FFIX. A l'occasion, il faudra que je rejoue à ce jeu! :)

Oui les filles se font rares dans le jeu vidéo donc c'est toujours sympa de voir qu'on est pas seules! :D Je connais quelques filles avec qui j'ai travaillé an stage et quelques unes sur DA mais on est clairement une minorité. C'est toujours marrant de voir que les gens ne regardant pas notre profil pense automatiquement qu'on est des mecs. xD

J'aurais vraiment du mal à te dire comment est la France, j'ai presque toujours vécu dans le pays donc bon. C'est comme n'importe quel pays en Europe de l'ouest, je ne trouve pas que le pays en lui même ai quoi que ce soit de spécial... bon ok on à des trucs sympa à visiter mais c'est comme à peu près tous les pays! :D Ce qui est sur, c'est qu'il fait moins froid qu'au Canada! :XD:

Merci! J'essaie de m'améliorer pour trouver du travail. Je n'aime pas modéliser les personnages, c'est pour ça que je reste sur les décors et ça me va très bien! :)
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AhmadTurk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
where can i find this model ? , or u did it ?
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I did everything! :D
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AhmadTurk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
great job dude
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Jantoni Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice!
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Interesting tree.
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amaterasu111 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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